The Cannon King's Daughter

An unrecorded banishment from Germany's Krupp steel family

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Why a Documentary Film on Engelbertha Krupp?

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This is the story of Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele, banished and disinherited from Germany’s premier steel family of Essen, known today as ThyssenKrupp AG. Engelbertha was banished and disinherited in 1874 for the impeachable offense of falling in love with, and disobey her father’s orders to break off a wedding engagement with a poor shoemaker, my great-grandfather, at the Krupp estate in Essen. Her father, Alfred Krupp, would not allow such an inexperienced, uneducated man as my great-grandfather to one day manage the vast and lucrative Krupp steel works. This story is told through century-old photographs revelations and documents with the assistance of three elderly relatives. Engelbertha hid her true identity from her children while living in her new home in Jersey City, New Jersey. The findings of my investigation into her true identity appears in my book, The Cannon King’s Daughter (Barnes & Noble) and featured in Germany’s Der Spiegel news magazine. It is my hope that by making a documentary film, added pressure on the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation will force them to release additional photographic and other evidence of her existence in Essen which has been denied because of the disappearance of her baptism record feared destroyed by an enraged, vengeful father for ultimately forcing him to name his least-capable son, Friedrich, as the heir to his steel empire. Engelbertha Krupp has the basic, essential human right to have her baptismal record restored by the Protestant Church of Essen and the Alfried Krupp Foundation must recognize and accept her position in the Krupp family as the daughter of Alfred and Bertha Krupp. #BanishedKrupp

American Krupp Descendent Bombed Essen from B-17 During WWII

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Newly unearthed family records from WWII show that the husband of Engelbertha Krupp Stroebele’s granddaughter, bombed Essen during WWII.

Army Air Corp First Lieutenant Peter O.E. Bekker, Sr. who had not yet married Gloria Eileen Stroebel of Jersey City, New Jersey when the bombing mission took place, was piloting an American B-17G aircraft assigned to the 325th Bombardment Squadron of the 92nd Bombardment Group on March 8, 1945.

Lieutenant Bekker’s aircraft was one of 1,200 heavy allied bombers dispatched that day to destroy six benzol plants in Germany. His crew successfully bombed the Emil Benzol plant in Essen but did not take part in any bombing missions of the Krupp works itself.

Bekker married Stroebel in 1949 at St Paul the Cross Church in Jersey City.  He retired from the US Air Force in 1967 in the rank of full Colonel.

Peter Bekker Aircrew Picture1Lt peter O.E. Bekker, Sr (top-right)

First Lieutenant Peter O.E. Bekker (top-right)(courtesy Fred Stroebel Bekker)

B17 Mission Log EssenB-17 mission log book (courtesy Fred Stroebel Bekker)

Written by Dave Stroebel

October 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm